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Re: “Landlords Take Aim Against Three Oakland Ballot Measures

"If you receive the voter registration pamphlet, you can see WHICH PART of Oakland will be affected by Measure W. NOT ALL Oakland landlords have to pay for the vacant fee. West Oakland, East Oakland, Fruitvale, and areas of lower-income neighborhoods will be affected, but NOT neighborhoods made up of mostly techies, white, middle to high-income families from the Lake Merritt apartments, Grand Lake neighborhoods, homes on the Oakland hills. Why are they exempted from the tax vacancy?" -They are NOT exempted. The census tracts defined in the ordinance are for choosing the members to sit on the oversight board. The tax is applied to vacant parcels **throughout** the City of Oakland.

Posted by gem spear on 10/17/2018 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Most Iconic Tree Is Named After A Socialist Firebrand: Jack London (Of Course)

Jack London was able to buy his farmland cheap because it had been over-farmed and considered useless. He used organic techniques he learned while a war correspondent abroad to restore the soil. He hoped that in the future the land would be able to support 40 families, but he died too young to see that through.

I'm not sure why running a working ranch makes one a "champagne socialist". Ask any working ranch owner how luxurious that life is.

Posted by gem spear on 02/24/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “West Oakland Gets an East Coast-Style Italian Deli

They were closed at 8 am because they don't open until 10:30.

Posted by gem spear on 06/02/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

... wonder if a new tenant is needed for Salsipuedes' space. A Nigerian restaurant would be fantastic there if a place in the Laurel isn't found.

Posted by gem spear on 05/20/2016 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Dozens of Renters Lose Homes as City Closes 1919 Market Street Warehouse in Oakland

I lived there from 2002-2006. I'm sure it's far more lucrative to kick out everyone and bring it up to code now than it was ten years ago.

I helped throw enormous parties at Otherworld and saw amazing shows Liminal and grew incredible tomatoes on the roof. Lots of great people passed through there. Sad those types of places are disappearing fast.

Posted by gem spear on 01/29/2016 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Emeryville's CommonWealth Micropub to Close on Saturday

Seems like once those new condos across the street are inhabited they'd be fine.

We loved the fry-up there, but they stopped serving it awhile ago.

Posted by gem spear on 12/19/2015 at 1:00 PM

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